posted on 10/08/17
Dr Gilmore Eaves begins by exploring the eventful history of Sicily, which has seen it occupied by many civilisations: from the Phoenicians to the Moors to the Normans. She touches on how the island has earnt its reputation as a ‘cultural melting-pot’; from its cuisine to its architecture to its distinctive language.
Later in the interview Dr Gilmore Eaves outlines some of her highlights on the tour itinerary of Civilisations of Sicily. These include a private evening viewing of Palermo’s Palatine Chapel, with its stunning Byzantine mosaics, as well as drinks at a private palazzo with its owner. The tour also spends time on the east coast of the island at Taormina, a town which sits near the active volcano Mount Etna, before journeying to Syracuse, whose cathedral is built over a Greek temple to Athena dating from the 5th century BC.
Archaeologist Dr Ffiona Gilmore Eaves leads MRT’s 13-day tour: Civilisations of Sicily (13–25 November 2017).